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Specialist Start-up Support

Are you looking for specialist support?

If you are looking to set up a hi-tech business particularly in the digital, process or advanced engineering sectors you may benefit from talking to specialist organisations who can also put you in touch with other businesses and ancillary services in their cluster.

Centre for Process Innovation

CPI is an independent technology innovation centre which translates ideas and research into successfully commercialised products and processes.

It provides open access facilities and expertise to help companies develop, prove, prototype, and scale up their innovations.

Further information available here.

Department for Business & Trade (DBT)

DBT provide advice, guidance and in some cases financial support, to firms looking to export for the first time, or to existing exporters move into new overseas markets.

Further information available here.

Materials Processing Institute

A research and Innovation Centre serving organisations which work with materials, materials processing or energy. MPI can help business by providing:

  • Access to Financial and Investment Support
  • In-depth support and training for start-ups and existing businesses

Further information available here.

North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA)

An industry-led cluster group, established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the sector in the North East of England

Further information available here.

North East Process Industries Cluster (NEPIC)

Working to grow the chemical-processing sector and associated supply chain in the North East of England.

Further information available here.

Northern Offshore Energy (NOF)

NOF Energy – business development organisation working on behalf of 500 companies within the oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewable sectors.

Further information available here.

Teesside University

 Located at its Darlington Campus, The Forge is Teesside University’s specialist business hub.

The courses are designed for employers seeking to develop their staff and update their sector-specific knowledge and skills. They are all delivered by expert practitioners, and informed by industry-led research.

Teesside University is also part of the Innovate Tees Valley scheme listed above.

Further information available here.

Tees Valley Digital Transformation

This fully-funded programme is designed to support the adoption of digital technology into your business.  The support is tailored to your business’s needs and includes: one-to-one support, access to a suite of online tools, the potential to apply for grant funding of up to £3,000, access to peer-to-peer business networks, and opportunities to join workshops online and in-person. 

Further information is available here

Tees Valley Entrepreneurs

Tees Valley Entrepreneurs helps residents facing barriers to self-employment to develop business and entrepreneurial skills through one-to-one advice and support. Tailored one-to-one support will guide you through the fundamentals of business, and includes: introduction to entrepreneurship, idea validation, business planning, legal and financial basics, marketing and branding, networking and pitching, and entrepreneurial skills. You may also be eligible to apply for a business grant of up to £1,000 to help you start or scale up your business.

Further information is available here

Tees Valley Labs

Tees Valley Labs is an extensive business support programme designed to enhance business growth and innovation in Tees Valley. One of its initiatives, The Stable is a six-month incubator programme for start-up businesses that will support you from developing your business idea through to achieving market traction and securing funding. Programme participants will be able access up to £28,000 in funding. 

If you believe you have an innovative product that offers solutions, Tees Valley Labs may be a programme for you. 

Those unsuccessful in applying for the programme may be able to access tailored one-to-one business support. 

Further information is available here

Tees Valley Securing Investment

A securing investment programme, in partnership with Tees Valley Combined Authority, that offers dedicated support to help your business access funding opportunities. It offer personalised support to strengthen your investment readiness and directly connect you with grants, funds, and private investors through the Northern Investor Hub.

Further information available here.

The Welding Institute

The TWI technology and Training Centre for the north east is located in Middlesbrough and is a world leader in underwater inspection, plastics joining, weld inspection and non-destructive testing applications.

Further information available here.

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